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Hackensack University Medical Center Announces Clinical Affiliation with Palisades Medical Center

March 13, 2012 01:39 PM

           HackensackUniversity Medical Center is proud to announce its new clinical affiliation with Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, N.J.

            “We are thrilled to announce this collaboration between Hackensack University Medical Centerand Palisades Medical Center,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC. “As a leading healthcare provider in the northern New Jersey region, we are pleased to combine our clinical expertise with that of Palisades Medical Center in the fields of Neonatal Care as well as Pediatric Cardiology. We look forward to a longstanding, successful relationship between the two medical centers.”

HackensackUMC has long-established itself as a nationally-awarded medical center. It has been  named one of the U.S. News and World Report's 2011-2012 Best Children's Hospitals - ranked in the Top 50 for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and by Child magazine as one of the top 25 children’s hospitals in the United States and the top-ranked children’s hospital in New Jersey. 

“For parents-to-be, nothing is more important than the health of their baby,” said Bruce J. Markowitz, president and chief executive officer of Palisades Medical Center.  “Thanks to our affiliation with HackensackUMC, parents-to-be that come to Palisades Medical Center can feel confident in knowing that they will receive the highest quality care in our Maternity Center and in our Neonatal Level 2 Nursery should health problems arise – and they will receive that care right here, in our community.”

            HackensackUMC looks forward to further enhancing the award-winning quality care that Palisades Medical Center already provides to its patients within its Neonatal Level II Nursery Care and Pediatric Cardiology Ultrasound and Echocardiography Reading Departments. This clinical affiliation will foster a spirit of collaboration and mutually shared incentives to improve community health and preserve needed resources within the North Hudson community. 

             Palisades Medical Center and HackensackUMC have agreed to provide an on-site neonatal attending physician through HackensackUMC’s renowned Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital for the Level 2 Nursery at Palisades Medical Center.  In addition, HackensackUMC will provide 24-hour coverage and availability for neonatal consults, transports and in-house pediatric hospitalist coverage.

            The second part of the clinical affiliation involves pediatric cardiology ultrasound and echocardiography reading for Palisades Medical Center. HackensackUMC will establish an electronic transfer protocol in order to ensure a 48-hour turnaround time to provide a report from a board certified pediatric cardiologist.

Mark J. Brescia, M.D., chairman of OB/GYN at Palisades Medical Center, is pleased that expanded services will now be available for residents in its primary service area of Hudson and southern Bergen counties.  “Palisades Medical Center’s new affiliation agreement with HackensackUMC will ensure that appropriate staffing and equipment are always available and that proper protocols and standards of excellence are followed.  The Neonatal Level 2 Nursery is always staffed by one or more board certified neonatologists, resident physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, and respiratory therapists at all times,” said Dr. Brescia.

“We are excited to begin this medical affiliation with Palisades Medical Center,” said Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D., physician-in-chief and chairman of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC. “Both medical centers enjoy established reputations for providing superior patient care, and we look forward to extending HackensackUMC’s services to the Hudson County region.”

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a non-profit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. This 775-bed facility has gone beyond traditional thinking by creating an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. As a result of using science and creativity to push medicine further, HackensackUMC has been named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades® for five years in a row - the only hospital in New Jersey, New York, and New England to receive this honor. The medical center has been named to the Leapfrog Top Hospitals List, received 17 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO),  is ranked in Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and Geriatrics by U.S. News and World Report's "2011-12 Best Hospitals" list, is the only New Jersey hospital ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Metro Area Top 10,” is listed as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review, and is a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence, the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation. The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is the first hospital in the State of New Jersey ever to be ranked in a Best Children’s Hospitals specialty by the U.S. News & World Report’s “2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals” list. The medical center is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants and the New Jersey Nets, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals, visit:   




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